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United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. In March of each year this extremely competitive merit-based program brings together 104 of the most outstanding high school students.

The mission of the United States Senate Youth Program is to provide a yearly opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government overall as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The program provides a foundation of knowledge and encouragement for those considering a future of public service on the local, state or national level. 

Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The 104 student delegates also receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship to the college or university of their choice with encouragement to continue coursework in government and history. The Hearst Foundation has fully funded the USSYP since its inception, including transportation, accommodations, meals and individual college scholarships – no government funds are ever utilized.

Selection Process

Qualified high school junior or seniors must show demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing or previously represented a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school and living in New Hampshire for the entire 2021 – 2022 academic year.  All student leadership positions are subject to the judgement and verification of the state selection administrators. 

Selection will be based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office for the entire 2021-2022 school year. The primary purposes of the qualifying leadership position must be representation of a constituency and service to others.  A student who graduates high school at the close of the fall semester / quarter is not eligible to apply for the program, and students other than DoDEA delegates must be residing in New Hampshire during the entire 2021-2022 academic year to participate.

The 60th annual United States Senate Youth Program 

UPDATE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to affect the safety of travel, indoor gatherings and access to government buildings. the 2022 United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week will be held online during the March 5-10, 2022 timeframe. The program will be a comprehensive public service, leadership and education experience including speakers from the three branches of government and the national media, and each delegate will receive the $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate. To see the 2021 Washington Ween ONLINE Digital Yearbook, visit here: United States Senate Youth Program (ussyp2021yearbook.org)

Application Process

In New Hampshire each high school principal may nominate one eligible student for the United States Senate Youth Program. The nomination form should be accurately completed and signed by both the student and nominating principal and returned to the NH Department of Education no later than Monday, October 18, 2021

Please visit the USSYP Website for more detailed information regarding the program.


The 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program

  • Matt Flanagan, a senior at Bedford High School, has served as a four year Class president and has an impressive academic record. As a junior, he elected to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma program. He is a member of the Student Council and Community Senate, is the captain of both the varsity soccer and track teams, and is a member of several Honor Societies. Matt is very proud of bringing a chapter of Best Buddies to his school. He started this club, which promotes inclusion for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, because he is inspired by his uncle with Down syndrome. He hopes to attend the United States Military Academy and study economics and political science.
  • Neil Kachappilly, a senior at Nashua High School South, serves as the vice president of the Senior Class, his fourth consecutive year in the role. A Coca-Cola Scholars semifinalist, National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, and the winner of multiple app challenges, he has built a formidable resumé showcasing his technical prowess, leadership qualities, and determination to improve the community. His family lived in India for three years where his experiences strengthened his resolve to maximize his talents and use them to make a difference. Now, he is on a mission to increase his understanding of the world while identifying issues and developing solutions. He is especially proud of his role on the Board of Directors for Meals Matter, a student-led nonprofit focused on reducing student food insecurity. Neil plans to pursue his passion for computer science in college, hoping to make an even bigger impact on the world in the future.

The 58th annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • George Eid, Nashua High School South
  • Sawyer Rogers, Exeter High School
The 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • Sahith Kaki, Nashua High School South
  • Ian McCabe, Inter-Lakes High School
The 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • Meera Kurup, Bishop Guertin High School
  • Cameron "Cam" Magner, Timberlane Regional High School
The 55th annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • Marion Lovett, Stevens High School
  • Dennis Ruprecht, Woodsville High School
The 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • Diab (Dody) Eid, Nashua High School South
  • Jacob Marcus, Merrimack High School
The 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • Devin McMahon, Pinkerton Academy 
  • Jessie Osgood, John Stark Regional High School
The 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • Jesse Austin, Newfound Regional High School 
  • Leah Stagnone, Campbell High School
The 51st Annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • John Parsons, Oyster River High School
  • Allison Thompson, Nashua High School South 
The 50th Annual United States Senate Youth Program
  • Ashley Chen, Nashua High School South 
  • Matthew Sanborn, Plymouth Regional High School